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British News Media and the Spanish Civil WarTomorrow May Be Too Late$
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David Deacon

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780748627486

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748627486.001.0001

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Journalists, Spain and the Propaganda State

Journalists, Spain and the Propaganda State

(p.170) 8 Journalists, Spain and the Propaganda State
British News Media and the Spanish Civil War

David Deacon

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter presents the findings of the research to draw wider conclusions about the continuities and discontinuities between historical case study and contemporary conditions concerning the communication of international conflicts. It is noted that the Republic may have won the propaganda war in the British media but, as it was fighting for much higher stakes than its enemies, the scale of its victory was insufficient. British coverage was dominated by three broad structures of interpretation. As the war progressed, the ‘defence of democracy’ interpretation gained credence over the ‘legitimate reaction’ interpretation within the British media but it was the ‘British interests/British values’ interpretation that dominated most British coverage. Media organisations were emerging from several years of tight government control and were well trained in sublimating their independence to the demands of the national interest. The Propaganda State was a creature of a mediated, rather than mediatised, political system.

Keywords:   journalists, Spain, Propaganda State, Republic, British media, British coverage, media organisations, propaganda war

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